WED was started in India, but the thought was originated in the US. As American civilians, we fundraise in neighborhoods and local communities. Examples of past fundraisers include henna stands, candy gram sales, and change 4 change contests. Once money has been collected, the expenses to run the project are sent to our instructor in Hyderabad, India.
What are the monthly expenses of a project like Sui Dhaga?
Depending upon the USD to INR conversion rates, the monthly costs vary by month. However, a rough estimation for the money is about $150/month.
How do you ensure the loyalty of all the transactions?
Considering that we are a student-run non-profit, we try to make our financial statements as clear to those who are a part of WED. To show how much of our earnings are sent over to India, we maintain signed transaction receipts and records. Additionally, all of our costs and earning for fundraisers are recorded through an excel sheet.
How do you guarantee that the students of project Sui Dhaga are underprivileged and in need and no one is taking advantage of the free of cost service?
To ensure that our mission is being regarded with honesty, we have created criteria defined by household income, family members, whether or not the woman is a single mom, and more. These criteria are identified to WED when these ladies fill out a form, certifying that those who will be served by our institution are genuinely those in need, and not simply taking advantage of our service.
Is WED only focused on India?
Although our thought to establish WED originated from the horrific incident of the ‘2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case,’ our purpose remains global. We are focusing on assisting underprivileged women and children internationally. With proper financial conditions we intend on expanding in other countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and more. If you have an idea in mind whether or not in India, please contact us and we would love to discuss its future with WED.
What are possible upcoming projects in addition to Sui Dhaga?
One of the many upcoming projects we have in mind is to train girls and women in martial arts. Another is to supply food for single moms in Pakistan.
Is WED open to collaborating with other non-profit organizations and clubs?
We are always open to collaborating with other non-profit organizations and clubs. Helping others is at the forefront of what we believe in and when the opportunity approaches, we have the will to help any group or population in need.
How can I get involved?
We are always looking for helpers and new WED members. The best way to get involved is to start to raise awareness on the issue, along with starting your own branch/club at your institution or local community. In different circumstances, you can always contact us and we will surely have a more specific remark on ways to get involved depending upon circumstances and needs at the time. In the meantime, help support our cause by donating!
Can I start my own club/branch of WED at my school/university/institution?
Yes, of course! We are always open to expansion. The more branches, the more benefits for our target population. Our aim is to help underprivileged women and children in their time of need and having more of us will only help us make a greater impact on society. Contact us if interested.
Why is the website domain not addressing WED?
WED was formerly identified as Women of the World (WOW). Due to another organization also being identified as WOW, we have decided to rename ourselves in 2019. We are currently in the process of purchasing a domain that corresponds to our name, Women Empowerment and Development Organization (WED). We will direct our users to our new website once details have been finalized!
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